A Botanic Place to Entertain the Young

Bees are back. It seemed that every time I went to photograph a flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a bee had beaten me to it and was sucking deeply in its interior. Until recently, it seemed as if bees were disappearing and a pollination crisis, like global warming, was imminent, but now I’m not so sure about that and delighted that this is happening.

Ruth and I had never been to the Denver Botanic Gardens before. Denver didn’t seem like the kind of city where a botanic garden was a must see attraction, but I was wrong. The Denver Botanic Gardens is among the finest of its type I have seen. We were not enthused about going there, but we were looking for attractions that might stimulate interest in grandchildren. The middle grandchild, a preteen girl, seemed an unlikely candidate for stimulation here, but again I was wrong. She took more photos than me and was eager for more. She was so turned on that her mother, who was quite amazed at her behavior, is taking her back to the DBG to photograph fall flowers this week.

This 24 acre oasis of beauty in the middle of Denver proved to be an ideal treat for all of us before going for a perfect lunch at Cucina Colore and then on to Denver’s Enstrom’s for an almond toffee treat. Denver proved to be an inexhaustible and surprising destination yet again. This garden array even had art works featuring flowers by Salvadore Dali to show the younger generation and a Chihuly glass sculpture to admire, photograph, and even promote our home in the American Northwest.

In Denver’s Cheesman Park neighborhood, the Denver Botanic Gardens feature the diversity of plants that can thrive in a high altitude setting. The plants we saw were truly from all over the world but with a definite Western thrust. The children were entertained by a garden just for them and this garden’s many water features that were forever nearby. The Denver Botanic Gardens are a place to experience lots of dwarf conifers, ornamental grasses that reminded us of our upcoming visit to the Flint Hills, and many Alpine delights. We photographed daylillies, admired a garden devoted to Scripture, and discussed the smells that only a diverse garden can provide.


About roads-rus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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